A local beach is now off limits to swimmers.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed the beach at Wakonda State Park near LaGrange.
Water samples taken Monday indicated bacteria levels higher than those recommended for waters used for swimming.
The DNR also closed state park beaches at Harry S Truman located in Warsaw, Lake of the Ozarks' Grand Glaize beach located in Osage Beach, Pomme de Terre's Pittsburg beach located in Pittsburg, and St. Joe's Monsanto Lake beach located in Park Hills.
Once tests from the public beaches indicate the bacteria levels are within the standard suitable for swimming, the beaches will reopen.
The department collects water samples from all designated beaches in the state park system weekly during the recreational season to determine suitability for swimming. The sample test results indicate a snap shot of the water quality taken at the beaches at a specific time; however, a single sample does not provide an overall sense of the water quality in the lake where the beach is located.
The swimming beach at Mark Twain Lake remains closed because of flooding conditions.
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